Donington regains track licence

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarFriday, May 8th, 2009

 
 

Donington Park’s interrupted racing season can resume after safety improvements following construction made the grade and led to it being awarded a new licence.

Problems had occurred in April after work to dig an access tunnel underneath the track between Coppice and McLeans corners left insufficient run-off to satisfy safety standards.

However the track was officially inspected by the Motor Sports Association, the UK Branch of the FIA, on Thursday with a view to restoring its racing licence.

The inspection uncovered four minor health and safety issues that were corrected overnight, leading to the award of the licence today.

That means racing events planned for this weekend and next, including the Masters Classic historic racing event scheduled for Sunday, and the third round of the British Touring Car Championship scheduled for next weekend, can now go ahead.

Track bosses praised the “Herculean efforts” of the workers who put things right.

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